ONE HOUSE, ONE WORLD
Thesis on a residential design concept able to be built worldwide.
This project is not a conventional one, in the sense that it is more conceptual than it is concrete. The space is not designed for just one location, but for anywhere in the world. Our global society has changed and developed drastically over the past 20 years, driven by the invention of the internet and everything that has followed. People around the globe are more linked than they have ever been in the history of our species, and it is this international connection that drives this project.
Generally, residential design does not change after it is designed, at least not by the designer. When a design is finished, thats it; there is no progression. With all the constant change in the world today, this type of design is no longer exclusive. There are more international families, more friends traveling from place to place to visit each other, and cultures are becoming more aware of each other. With this universal flow and fluidity becoming more and more common, it is more practical to have a design that matches this mindset. This international phenomenon is what drives the concept of “One House, One World.”
The concept of this project is developing a house that is possible to build, live in, and adapt to any location or culture in the world. This will result in a ‘base’ design that acclimates to any region; changing as the residents change. Using construction principles from Passivhaus and Feng Shui philosophies, and drawing inspiration from the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it is possible to achieve this idea in an aesthetically pleasing yet comfortable way. To illustrate the interchangeability of the design, two conceptual places will be presented; Morocco and Japan. This will demonstrate how two completely different cultures can comfortably personalize the same space; making it their own without changing the base. Ultimately, this conceptualization can change the way the average person views residential design, making it more open to interchangeability and personalization.
The exterior of a home is very important as it is the first thing seen by both the resident and passersby. When the landscaping as well as the exterior of the home looks and feels good, there is a sense of pride as well as order. These feelings then translate to the inside of the home. In this case, a balance of lights, open windows, and a simple landscape layout is chosen. It is possible to add plant-life, or leave as is while still retaining a simple aesthetic.
A home without a well defined entrance
can be problematic for both guests and residents. This is why it is important to give the entrance of a house just as much importance as any other area, though it may seem trivial. The entryway serves as a buffer zone of safety between the public world outside and the private world inside. This project demonstrates how an entrance that does not immediately look into the rest of the house as you walk in can create a more comfortable space.
The living room is an active room; it’s main purpose being that of a place where people can gather for conversation, entertainment, and relaxation. This is why it is important to arrange the furniture in a way that encourages these activities. Following the principles of Feng Shui; having the seating facing towards each other is important. Also, it is vital not to clutter the space, but leave it more open for movement and the possibility of more seating added.
The dining room is a space where people come together and share a meal. Sharing creates a common experience with people, and it is this element of ‘sharing’ that needs to be taken into consideration when designing a dining room. Including chairs with a high backrest and arm rests as well as an even number of chairs creates a more comfortable eating environment.
The kitchen can either be one of the most important rooms in the house, or one of the least, depending on the resident. Regardless of this, it is always important to have a well organized kitchen. Not only is it more pleasing to look at, but it also subconsciously eases the mind. The design, such as in this project, must be safe and easy to use. It is also good to have some direct sunlight to create a better atmosphere, and also create higher visibility.
Home offices, as well as self-employment, are becoming more and more common. This is why it is important to have a well organized and functional office space at home. The location of the office should be in a sunny area to avoid drowsiness, and if possible, away from areas of distraction (such as the living room). Also, good shelving and desk space is essential for a productive environment.
Though often overlooked, the bathroom is an important element of a house. Using warm colours, as well as warmer materials, can combat the cold, damp, and wet feelings generally present in a bathroom. In this project wood was used for this effect. This creates a more relaxed experience.
The bedroom is a very important room as it is a room that demands a complete sense of security and comfort. The location of the bedroom should be away from the ‘active’ side of the house. Using warm colours and materials can make the space more cozy, and the right amount of light coming in is essential. Placing the bed with the feet facing the door is important as it gives the resident a higher sense of security.
Large bedrooms are becoming increasingly more popular all over the world. However, it is important to keep in mind that keeping the room cozy and comfortable is still a priority, even with all of the extra space. This is why filling the space with cushions or chairs can give the illusion of comfort. Drapes and rugs can also add to this idea.
The country of Japan is well known for its rich cultural history. The Japanese people value a simplistic and balanced lifestyle, which translates over to design as well. Nature is very important, as is living in nature itself, which is why materials such as bamboo, wood and stone are used often in Japanese design. Another element to Japanese design is emptiness. It is important to keep an open and well lit space. The mind should be allowed to complete the aesthetic, and so the more simple the better. Natural airflow, bright rooms, simple design, and natural materials are concepts that inspired this Japanese concept. The space is easily transformed into a living area a Japanese family could live comfortably in by following these ideals.
Morocco is a country of life, colour, and beauty. The culture runs deep, and has been influenced by many other cultures throughout the years. Moroccans have a deep connection to their homes and family; famed for their welcoming attitude and hospitality. Their houses are filled with brilliant colour combinations and intricate patterns, influenced by both Islamic architecture as well as the newer French Deco style. Floors and ceilings are covered in ornamentation, using mosaics, sculpted plaster, or carved wood. The motifs used are generally very geometric and abstract, many times hand crafted by local craftsman. Traditionally patterned rugs are also often used both on the floor and the walls of a home. Using these principles, this concept strives to illustrate the bold and beautiful aesthetic found in Morocco.